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12-05-2012, 10:48 AM
I would like to go crappie fishing early April. I am kind of new to crappie fishing and 70 years old so I would like to keep drive to 6 hrs or so. I am located 30min. north of Harrisburg Pa. Probably looking at going south in the warm. prefer to rent house or cottage on water. Any sugguestions?

MEATGETTER
12-05-2012, 11:14 AM
i don't know how far a drive it is but you can't beat MISSISSIPPI when it come to crappie fishing !!!!!!!!

Blackhawk19
12-05-2012, 11:18 AM
I can't help you in that part of that country but once you decide where your going you can find some great rentals here.

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Spaceman
12-05-2012, 09:05 PM
Where to go....welcome to the board. I attended the War College in Carlisle a few years ago. We used to bank fish Opossum Lake frequently for crappie, and did fairly well. It is an easy access lake, and is 15-20 minutes NW of Carlisle, PA. This would be fairly close to where you live.

A 6 hour drive will get you somewhere into VA, WV, Ohio, parts of Kentucky, and maybe parts of NC. I know that Carlisle, PA to Huntsville, AL is about a 12 hour drive. I can't help you with the other states I mentioned above, but I do agree with meatgetter that Mississippi is a great place to fish. I can also say the same for Alabama.

Hopefully someone from VA, Ohio, WV, VA, or NC can give you some good tips.

BTW you live in a beautiful part of the country!

Spaceman

South65
12-05-2012, 09:23 PM
If u can drive 6 you can come on down to ms. It will b worth the extra time if you can swing it but if you can't maybe you will b able to another time.


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Inkdabber
12-05-2012, 11:06 PM
The closest quality lakes would be Kentucky/Barkley and Reelfoot. Both have reputations as great crappie lakes.

CrappiePappy
12-06-2012, 05:04 AM
12-20 ... your six hour drive window would get you to Kerr Lake, Virginia (aka Buggs Island Res.) You could go on the Va forum & ask around about what to expect as far as weather, lodgings, regulations, and what fishing methods would be most effective at that time of year.

For comparison :
KY/Barkley Lake in Western Ky .... ~ 12hr drive
Reelfoot Lake, Tn ... ~ 14hr drive
Weiss Lake, Ala ... ~ 12hr drive

... so you know what your facing, if you're considering going farther South.

"Early" April usually experiences a lot of flip-flopping weather, temps, and lake water level fluctuations. So, if you're looking for "warm" conditions, you may want to explain just what you consider "warm" weather. How long you intend this trip to be, might also figure into how far you're willing to travel.

.... luck2ya, wherever you decide to go !!!

... cp :kewl

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12-06-2012, 02:45 PM
I have checked Kerr but no lodging or private docks that I can find. Gaston or Smith Mountain seem to have these.but not much info on crappie at these lakes. Pulling my boat every day would be a pain. Looking at 2 weeks and 60 to 75 degree days. Thank you

Donald@CrappieLogic
12-06-2012, 03:19 PM
I would ask or pm Don G he could tell you more on the Virginia fishing I know he catches a bunch of them and some pretty good ones at that

genec
12-06-2012, 06:20 PM
I fish Kerr lake all the time,and Mar,April,and May,I camp there these 3 months,It is the best lake I ever fish,It has logging but I am not familar with those ,but get on Kerr lake message and you will get a answer,will be there then just let me know and be glad to help you. Last year in 4 months ,wife and I caught over 5,ooo and 5 was over 17 inches so its a great lake

Spaceman
12-06-2012, 06:57 PM
Wow - l want to go to Kerr Lake.